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Encouraging the Private Sector to Invest in America's Infrastructure

Fri, 2015-01-16 18:08

It’s estimated that it would take $3.6 trillion to bring America’s infrastructure up to date by 2020. Across the nation, our bridges, pipelines, roads and railroads are in dire need of repair and modernization. In fact, it would cost $600 billion over 20 years to modernize our country’s entire water and sewer systems.
To address these needs, we need not only an increased commitment from federal, state, and local governments, but also increased investment from the private sector.

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How Innovation Is Transforming the Fight Against Ebola

Fri, 2015-01-16 17:46

A few weeks ago, in the midst of the holiday season, President Obama showcased some cutting-edge gadgets in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. But they were not new tablets, smartphones, or digital cameras. They were protective suits, state-of-the-art cooling vests, and germ-killing gels — all tools that could make the difference between life and death in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Is It Just Us, or Is Everyone Talking About Paid Leave?

Fri, 2015-01-16 16:33

President Barack Obama places an order with the waitress during a lunch with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Amanda Rothschild, Mary Stein and Morvika "Vika" Jordan to discuss balancing family and jobs, at Charmington’s Café in North Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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West Wing Week: 1/16/15 or, "The Little Circle Thing"

Fri, 2015-01-16 11:32

This week, the President continued to preview some of the big ideas that he'll propose in his State of the Union address on January 20th. He made announcements on education, on cybersecurity, and on access to reliable broadband Internet across the country. For all of you who just can't bear to wait until the State of the Union, this one's for you. That's January 9th to January 15th or, "The Little Circle Thing."

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Big Block of Cheese Day Is Back, and It's Feta Than Ever

Fri, 2015-01-16 11:30

Here at the White House, we're dedicated to making President Obama's administration the most open and accessible in history. That's why, for the second year in a row, we thought it'd be a gouda idea to brie-unite a certain cast of characters to help us bring back a tradition that dates back to the days of President Andrew Jackson.

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El Paso MBDA Business Center Kicks Off the New Year with Business Sunday

Fri, 2015-01-16 11:07

Guest blog post by Michelle Luevano, Director of the El Paso
MBDA Business Center 

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House Republicans Vote to Allow the Amnesty of Our Broken Immigration System to Continue

Fri, 2015-01-16 10:44

This week, House Republicans put at risk critical funding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to keep our nation safe by insisting on a series of amendments to overturn the President’s immigration accountability executive actions.

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The Faces of Health Care: Curtis T.

Fri, 2015-01-16 10:40

"Please remember that you have someone here that believes in you and is proud to have you as leader of the United States."

In a letter to the President, Curtis T. wrote about his husband, Mark, who he'd been with for 19 "quite exceptional" years. Under the old health care system, Mark hadn't been able to get health insurance due to a preexisting heart condition.
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These 3 Women Talked with the President Today About Paid Leave:

Thu, 2015-01-15 23:27

President Barack Obama places an order with the waitress during a lunch with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Amanda Rothschild, Mary Stein and Morvika "Vika" Jordan to discuss balancing family and jobs, at Charmington’s Café in North Baltimore, Md., Jan. 15, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Why Our Economy Needs Paid Leave

Thu, 2015-01-15 15:19

Building on the momentum created by the White House Summit on Working Families, today the President announced additional steps the Administration is taking to help working families. The President is calling on Congress to give millions of workers the chance to earn up to seven days per year of sick time.

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